What do you wear when you pray?
I’m often in my pink robe and fuzzy slippers.
Sometimes I’m all dressed for the day, make-up applied, hair done, and shoes on ready to go out the door.
But, there’s more to prayer than just praying. And there are some important items that we must put on to help us be be effective in prayer. We normally think of these items as what we need to wear for our daily living, but I believe when studying the context of this scripture, we find that Paul is describing what we should wear when we pray.
Because prayer is more than asking for health and wealth and blessings. Prayer is war.
Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith (trust), with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.
And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people” (Eph. 6:10-18, NIV, addition mine).
Did you catch the context? Paul says to put on all the armor of God and then . . .
How does this affect your view of prayer? Will it change the way you pray?
Please believe that your prayers matter.
Finding Purpose in Prayer,